Design a research plan that:
a. Incorporates a clear research question;
b. Identifies appropriate information resources;
This outcome has the student looking to the future- explaining through the research question what they want to know, and mapping out a research plan for where and how they intend to look for information resources.
Research Questions should be:
Fracking This is not a question, but a simple topic. It has no focus.
Does fracking impact the environment? This is a question but can be easily answered with a yes or no.
What is the environmental impact of fracking? This is a complex question, but only asks for a report of fact, it does not ask for a deeper analysis.
What are some of the most effective ways of protecting local groundwater from the wastewater produced by fracking? This complex question is narrow enough for a paper or presentation, asks for analysis and synthesis, and "most effective" invites debate over the best methods to use.
Please note that a research question and a thesis are NOT the same thing. A thesis is a proposed answer to a research question.
|Not Proficient||Developing Proficiency||Proficient||Exceeding Proficiency|
Design a research plan that (a) incorporates a clear research question.
|No clear, arguable research question.||Has a research question, but it is too broad or too narrow for the assignment/information need, or is poorly worded. The question does not generate argument or is easily answered without scholarly research.||The research question is specific, neither too broad nor too narrow for the assignment/information need, and is clearly worded. The question generates arguments and cannot be answered without scholarly research||The research question that is focused, clear, and well stated. The question generates rich argument and deep scholarly research.|
If inspired by this rubric, please acknowledge the work done by Forsyth Library for the UNIV 301 Information Literacy course in your documentation.